SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Roosevelt Elementary kicked off the holiday season on Dec. 17 with the school’s chorus, band, and orchestra delivering a selection of tunes at its annual Winter Concert. 

Two performances were held, with a school day show with fellow students, teachers, district administrators, and board of education members in attendance, and an evening encore attended by family and friends. 

“Our students and teachers have worked hard to prepare...Miss Sharon Perez, Mrs. Diane Lee, and Mrs. Katherine Haughwout have worked diligently over the past few months to teach, practice, plan and assemble [this year’s] musical performance… [and] all of our students have worked hard learning, practicing, and perfecting the pieces,” said Roosevelt Principal Dr. Robert Goman, also extending thanks to art teacher Melanie Glowacki for ‘arranging the decorations and program artwork.’

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The orchestra, comprised of third and fourth graders under the direction of Diane Lee, performed The Salamander Samba and Aunt Rhodie’s Diet and the band, comprised of fourth graders under the direction of Katherine Haughwout, performed Rolling Along, The Fab Five, Go Tell Aunt Rhodie, and Hot Cross Buns.

This year, the third and fourth grade chorus, under the direction of music teacher Sharon Perez, performed Jazzy Jingle Bell Waltz, Hanukkah Shalom, and the Japanese Snow Song as well as The Man with the Bag with Robert Diehl, former principal, making a guest appearance on guitar during the day-time show.

Diehl told TAPinto South Plainfield he 'very much appreciated being invited to come back and play with the chorus.' "Our music teachers do such a great job preparing our students for these very special and memorable performances," said Diehl, noting that this year marked his 10th Roosevelt Winter Concert. "The boys and girls work so hard to be ready for the show and it is nice to see them perform so well. We really have a wonderful group of young musicians and I look forward to seeing them at the high school in a few years." 

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